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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Studies in the Book of Psalms (REL240)

Formerly Studies in the Book of Psalms (REL440); Formerly Psalms (REL440)

Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks). Distance/Hybrid: Varies. 

Traditional classroom-based offered at Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations. Distance learning and hybrid options available.

September 2009 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify various types of psalms, including psalms of repentance, prayer, lament, wisdom and praise; interpret and analyze selected sections of the Book of Psalms and relevant rabbinic literature; identify and describe key themes in both the Psalms and in pertinent Rabbinic literature; exhibit advanced skills in textual comprehension when searching for and understanding excerpts from the Bible, the Talmud, and early commentators.


Major topics taught in this course include:  analysis of the various Psalms in their historical context; themes and explications of selected Psalms in light of classical commentaries and rabbinic sources; significance of various headings; Psalms of Thankfulness; acrostic Psalms; nearly-acrostic Psalms; Psalms of the Steps; B’nei Korach; “sela”; Psalms for the days of the week; “Why have You forsaken Me?”; “Ashrei”; reasons for suffering; Divine Providence through natural and supernatural means; the mitzvah of joy in mitzvos; “Hallelujah.”. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Hebrew Bible, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).